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Are you 55+ or Know Someone Who Is? Help Us Study Interactions with Others

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We are looking for adults aged 55+ to participate in research on Social Interactions with Others by engaging in a structured conversation with another person virtually using Zoom. If you know someone who is 55+ you can let them know about this A-mail and see if they might be interested in participating. The experiment takes about an hour, and as a benefit for participating you will receive a $5 Target gift card, or we will make a $5 donation in your name to Open Arms of MN which provides meals to terminally ill and homebound Minnesotans. Plus there will be one randomly selected grand prize winner on June 1st who will also receive a $100 Target Gift Card!

The basic technology skills required are:

* Have a valid email address.
* Participants must have access to a computer as this study can only be performed using a computer (desktop or laptop). We don’t recommend using a phone.
* Your computer must have camera and microphone abilities.
* Individuals need to be able to fill out an online survey. You will be asked to complete short online surveys before and after the online Zoom conversation session.
* Participants need the ability to use email, have reliable internet access, and be able to download and access the Zoom application on their computer. If needed, we can help you get connected with Zoom in advance of your participation.

If you are interested in participating in our study, please click the link below, fill out the consent form, and complete a preliminary online survey. Afterwards, a member of our research team will reach out to find a time to schedule your session to participate.

Participate in Research on Social Interactions

Get Paid to Teach, Study, Research, or Carry Out a Creative Project Abroad: Apply for a Fulbright

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Fulbright gives you the opportunity to teach, research, study, or carry out a creative project abroad for an academic year. The process of applying is invaluable and winning the award is a life changing experience.
To be eligible and competitive you need to be:
– A U.S. Citizen or national
– Hold a 3.0 or higher GPA for serving as an English Teaching Assistant
– Hold a 3.5 or higher to conduct research or attend graduate school
– Active member in the Augsburg community or your home community
– Effective skills to serve as a cultural ambassador of the U.S. to your host country
If you are a junior or senior you would be working this summer on your application for an early fall submission. If you are awarded the Fulbright you would most likely leave the following summer.
If you would like to learn more about the Fulbright program, please schedule an appointment with Dixie Shafer, Augsburg’s Fulbright Program Advisor, by clicking the link below.

Meet with Dixie

CUMU 2024 Conference Is in Minneapolis—Submit a Proposal

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The Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities conference will be held in Minneapolis in October. Augsburg is a sponsor for this event and active participant in the network. Check out their website for further information:

Our vision for urban higher education is not bounded by our campus borders. Our actions today reach beyond yesterday’s accomplishments and toward tomorrow’s possibilities. We are vital members of our local, regional, and global communities. We expand affordable access for students to participate in postsecondary education and the workforce. We reach above and beyond to create opportunities for engaged citizenship. We explore across disciplinary boundaries to ask and answer our most pressing questions. And we build bridges that span real and perceived boundaries to enhance the well-being of our students, communities, and regions.

We welcome your proposal for a conference session that highlights ongoing or completed work that yields data-informed insights for other institutions to learn from and build upon. Conceptual or theoretical proposals that lead to genuinely new understandings or avenues of work, as well as critical perspectives with the potential to shape the field, are considered. We will consider submissions within the following intersecting tracks that illuminate how our campuses and partnerships are redefining what is possible when we reach beyond boundaries: Anchor strategies, Belonging, equity, and justice, Democracy, Impact, K-16 partnerships, Social and economic mobility.

Submissions due: April 3
Notifications sent: mid-May
Presenter acceptances due: May 24
Program announced: June 6
Conference: October 20–23

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Online Survey – Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

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Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.

Thank you!

Fluent in Spanish? Get Paid to Help Students Improve Their Speaking Skills

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Fluent in Spanish? Be a Debate Judge for the Spanish Debate League

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is looking for Spanish-speaking adults to judge our Spanish Debate League. This program helps middle and high school students build confidence, grow their academic skills, improve their fluency, and connect with other Spanish speakers in the Twin Cities.


You will earn $55 for each tournament you judge. We will provide transportation if necessary.

Tournaments will happen at the following dates and times:

Wed. 3/13, Roosevelt HS, 4-7 PM
Thurs. 3/28, Roosevelt HS, 4-7 PM
Thurs. 4/11, South HS(tentative location), 4-7 PM
Thurs. 4/18, Highland Park HS(tentative location), 3:30-7:30 PM
Thurs. 4/25, Augsburg, 4-7:30 PM
Wed. 5/8, Augsburg, 4-7:30 PM

Learn more and sign up here:

Search the calendar for: Español/Spanish Debate

Need more info? Talk to our volunteer coordinator, Johan, at: He speaks Spanish!

Go Abroad This Fall Semester — Apply by April 1

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Missed your chance to go abroad this fall semester? Not quite!

Applications are STILL OPEN for Augsburg CGEE’s Study Center spring semester programs in Mexico, Central America, Northern Ireland, and Southern Africa until April 1st

Why choose an Augsburg CGEE Study Center program? Earn Augsburg credits, complete multiple LAF graduation requirements, and get an Augsburg experience abroad!

Our programs are nationally-known, focus on peace, social justice, and community engagement. Northern Ireland, Southern Africa & Mexico also offer INTERNSHIPS!

Learn more and apply here!

Are You a Parent? Bring Your Kid to Campus This Summer for the MNUDL’s Speech & Debate Camp

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Build Skills, Make New Friends, & Speak Out at MNUDL’s Summer Speech & Debate Camp

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is offering 17+ camps for middle and high school students in 2024. Join us for fun, engaging, and competitive learning for middle and high school students.

Whether your student is new to the activity or has experience, we have a camp for you, taught by experienced and caring Minnesota educators!

Our 5 weeks of day camps for middle and high school students are hosted at Augsburg University in Minneapolis and include:

• Policy Debate
• Lincoln Douglas Debate
• Student Congress
• Public Forum Debate
• Speech, Including Interp & Public Address
• Basic Debate & Argumentation

The cost of lunch is included with camp, and we have after-care options for middle school students. We’ve got 3-day, 5-day, and multi-week camp options to fit your needs! Learn more about our camps, register, and apply for financial aid here:

Don’t miss these dates! We encourage you to register and apply for scholarships at the same time: scholarship applicants only require $5 down!
• The early bird discount deadline is April 7th
• The scholarship priority deadline is April 21st
• Registration deadlines range from May 31st-June 27th
• Cancel your registration up to May 10th without penalty

We don’t want finances to be a barrier to your participation!

Ensuring access to speech and debate education is critical to our mission at Minnesota Urban Debate League. This form of education is proven to improve crucial skills like critical thinking, argumentation, reading comprehension, and public speaking. We’re committed to providing scholarships and financial aid!

Learn more and apply for scholarships at registration:

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